After riding Donald Trump’s coattails all the way to Election Day, the avowed white supremacists who supported his campaign are absolutely loving the president-elect’s picks for his Cabinet and White House team.
Following news on Friday morning that Trump offered the national security adviser role to retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke–who credited Trump with his jumping in the Louisiana Senate race–applauded the pick with a screenshot of Flynn retweeting a now-suspended account blaming “Jews.” (Flynn’s retweet also appears to have since been deleted.)
Flynn wasn’t the only soon-to-be top administration official earning white supremacists’ praise.
Ahead of reporting that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was offered the job as Trump’s attorney general, Jared Taylor, the head of the white nationalist group American Renaissance, specifically named Sessions (along with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani) as just the kind of people they’d like to see Trump pick.
And it’s no wonder why: Sessions and Flynn are both ultra-conservative nightmares. The senator has staked his ideological claim in essentially being anti-everything: He’s against gay marriage, any form of marijuana legalization, and he opposes abortion rights and immigration. Oh, and he was apparently cool with the KKK until he found out they smoked pot.
As for Flynn, who was Trump’s most prominent national security adviser during the campaign, the retired general is known for lying so often that when he ran the Defense Intelligence Agency, his underlings dubbed his egregious factual lapses “Flynn facts.”
He’s also often ventured into overt Islamophobia, tweeting in February: “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.”
White supremacists have made no apparent comment on Mike Pompeo, the congressman who Trump wants to head the CIA and who has said things like this about Muslims:
Buckle up, America. The next four years are going to be a bumpy ride.